Teaching Site of the Confucius Institute at Medellin Incorporates Chinese Language into its Education System—Opening of Chinese Lessons Started at Gimnasio Vermont

[Source]    Confucius Institute at Medellin, Columbia [Time]    2019-08-19 08:50:05 
 

On August 14th, local time, teachers from the Confucius Institute at Medellin brought the very first Chinese lesson to the teachers and students from Gimnasio Vermont in Columbia. As a compulsory course for second languages, the teaching of Chinese language were officially launched in six classes of Gimnasio Vermont’s fourth, fifth and sixth grades.

The class was lighthearted and full of laughter. With excitement on their faces, the students repeated after the teacher “Nihao, Zhongguo (Hello, China); Nihao Gelunbiya (Hello, Colombia)”. In the number game session, the students participated enthusiastically and showed the Chinese language they had just learned proudly. Teachers also encouraged the students to work hard on Chinese language and visit China in the future.


Chinese lesson

Gimnasio Vermont is a well-known international private school with a history of 22 years. The school has two campuses in the city with a total of 700 students. This is another teaching center set in private primary and secondary schools by the Confucius Institute at Medellin after the Columbus School, Marymont School, German School, and British School. It is also the first time that Medellin has introduced Chinese as a compulsory course for second languages into the primary and secondary education system.

In the early stage, the Confucius Institute at Medellin did a lot of preparation work for publicity. At the beginning of May this year, the Chinese and foreign staff of the Institute went to Gimnasio Vermont to give a lecture on Chinese courses and a demonstration of Chinese culture. The teachers from the Confucius Institute brought a lively and interesting “mini Chinese language lesson”, as well as cultural experiences such as lion dance and cucurbit flute performance to all the primary and secondary students of the school, which were recognized and praised by the president of Gimnasio Vermont.


Chinese lessons teach-in

Zhu Zhu and the volunteer teacher Zhou Menghan accepted interviews from several local media outlets and discussed with them a series of issues such as Chinese language learning and children’s intellectual development. In the interview, they introduced the joint Chinese language project cooperated with Gimnasio Vermont and said that this was the first time that Medellin has introduced Chinese as a compulsory course for second languages into its education system. The media’ reports have attracted attention from local people and greatly increased their interest in and enthusiasm for Chinese.

At the beginning of June, the Chinese teachers and foreign staffs of the Confucius Institute at Medellin visited Gimnasio Vermont again and brought “a small lesson of Chinese language” to the children in the kindergarten. The children experienced the joy of learning Chinese language in games. Chinese language promotions and cultural exhibitions were targeted at all students from the kindergarten, elementary school to high school.

In August, the Confucius Institute held a four-day teaching training for two Chinese volunteer teachers who would be teaching at the school. In order to get fully prepared for the Chinese lessons, they discussed the methods of children’s education and the characteristics of language teaching, as well as improved the teaching plans and evaluation system.

The introduction of Chinese as a compulsory course for second languages into the education system is of great significance to the Confucius Institute at Medellin. It marks a new step of the Confucius Institute at Medellin in Chinese language teaching and Chinese culture promotion.

Story by Yang Manling